Best Genre Treatment 1
I write in all sorts of genres and wanted to put together what I think are my best treatments of them. This is in conjunction with all of the story reviews I have been posting, and future reviews.
I have written a good 200 or so stories. Choosing what is ‘best’ is subjective and certainly my ideas change over time. These stories, I might add, are not necessarily the ones with the greatest read or review counts. Sometimes it’s just the best in my mind. I don’t always agree with my readership.
One of my favorite genres to write, comedy speaks to me.
I love to make people laugh, but I also don’t want to create mindless slapstick. This is why I love Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before.
From the amusing title, to its start as Chip Masterson is busted by Deb Haddon for keeping Tripp‘s stuffed gerbil toy, Stella, to their romance, to Chip’s nascent to friendship with Aidan, the story celebrates a number of below decks themes.
Canon characters abound, as the story is also one big shout-out to the canon Star Trek: Enterprise First Flight episode. Jonathan Archer, Liz Cutler, AG Robinson, Soval, and Admiral Forrest all show up. There are even very brief cameos by T’Pol and Jay Hayes.
The basic premise is a prank war, all carried out while inertial dampers are being perfected. This canon piece of equipment is about the dullest bit of Star Trek technobabble, so it was the perfect backdrop for a ton of hijinks. After all, the inventors (it’s a competition) would mainly be bored by their activities. They would be itching for something to do.
And then there’s the goat ….
I write a ton of drama and it can sometimes be difficult to sustain. Right now, today, as I write this blog post, I feel that one of my better, if not my best such stories, is Saturn Rise.
Further, I wanted Malcolm to have to deal with introducing his parents to Lili, and possibly risk their disapproval. Done within the context of introducing them to Declan, I also wanted to present an alternate point of view regarding the acceptance – or not – of Lili and Doug‘s open marriage.
Just as Pamela has to have it out with her mother, Malcolm has to have it out with his parents.
As Ethan Shapiro learns of his great-aunt’s death, young Jewish crew members are brought together. Part of this is to properly mourn the woman’s death, but another reason is a budding romance, as Andrew Miller is looking to ask out Karin Bernstein.
I introduced not only these original characters (plus Josh Rosen), but also covered the subject of the existence of a Starfleet Rabbi, Leah Benson. Because I love these characters so much, they have all been woven into my fan fiction, including the Mirror Universe stories, as they meet dissimilar fates. Leah in particular is very different on the other side of the proverbial pond.
I have never been a fan of slamming doors, zombies, things going bump in the night, etc. types of stories or films. I just plain don’t like being scared for my entertainment. Hence I hit upon an idea, and that was to show what I feel is far, far worse. And that’s the Holocaust.
Taking place over the course of Halloween weekend, Tucker, who in canon is a classic horror film buff, has helped Chip line up a number of classic horror movies. October 31st is devoted to the old John Carpenter film.
Canon characters such as Phlox and Amanda Cole sit through the picture, as do a number of my own original characters. And then Tucker disappears.
As a crossover story, he’s whisked to 1945 Upper Bavaria, and becomes a part of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, which includes freeing Milena Chelenska, her sister, and their neighbor. Furthermore, he witnesses a war crime, where the managers of the camp (by this time – true story, by the way – they were mainly just kids, as the real management had fled) are shot to death by firing squad, without trials.
It turns out that he’s been interphased rather deliberately, as Wesley Crusher and the Traveler work to get him back, thereby neatly tying into Crackerjack.
Beyond the fact that I think these stories are some of my best work, my peers have agreed. Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before and Day of the Dead are both award winners.